Flood Situation Worsens In Parts Of North East, 4 Dead In Assam


A third wave of floods hit Assam on Friday, inundating over 700 villages in 15 districts and affecting over three lakh people.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority has warned that the situation might turn worse as the Brahmaputra and its tributaries were flowing above the danger level at several places. Around 1 lakh hectares of cropland has also been submerged.

The ASDMA official further said that, over 1.92 lakh people affected alone in Dhubri district, while 1.50 lakh people affected in Dhemaji, 1.30 lakh in Bongaigaon, 1.09 lakh in Kokrajhar, 77 thousand in Golaghat, 74 thousand in Barpeta, 57 thousand in Dibrugarh district.

With these, the total number of persons who were killed in flood-related incidents across Assam this year rose to 89, including eight in Guwahati. In last four days, 5 people lost their lives and around 10 lakh were affected by the floods.

Armed forces and disaster relief forces, engaged in relief and rescue operations, evacuated 2,615 stranded people.

More than 19 district's of Assam are once again under flood waters. The water level of Brahmaputra river flowing over danger level marks in Nematighat in Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Dhubri following incessant rains in the stateand neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Bhutan.

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In Agartala, the capital of Tripura, almost 20,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps.

The flood victims in Upper Assam's Tinsukia district accused that flood was caused after NEEPCO released water from its dam in neighbouring state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Floods also wreaked havoc in the river island of Majuli forcing the affected to flee to highlands.

Many parts of northeastern states including Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, and Tripura have been receiving heavy to very heavy rainfall activities since the last few days.

While many rivers in Alipurduar Divisions are in spate, N. F. Railway authorities are keeping a close watch and continuously monitoring the situation nearby railway bridges in the entire division and taking all precautionary measures for safe train running.